The apartment mystery maintenance call of the week came from Portland again this week when the property manager of a Portland rental called Keepe with an unusual work order.
“There are hornets inside my house, and it seems to be coming out from inside my drywalls. Please send keepers now!” the property manager said.
As our workers came in, they were able to assess that somehow, a hornet nest has been accumulating inside the drywall.
Hornets in my rental
As they explored further, it was discovered that the nest has been building for at least three months before the work order was called in. Our workers determined that it originated from a tiny hole beside the front door, which allowed the hornets to go into the hollow dry walls and build their homes from there.
This unique problem took a full day to solve, with the help of a separate pest control crew to exterminate the hornets and clear out the nest.
The maintenance crew had to cut open a large portion of the drywall, which pest control would need to clean the inside of the drywall.
Once everything has been cleared out, the wall had to be fully patched, a job that took about three to four hours.
After a long day of completing this odd job request, not only does the drywall look good as new, but more importantly, no more hornets in my rental.
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Keepe is an on-demand maintenance solution for property managers and independent landlords. The company makes hundreds of independent contractors and handymen available for maintenance projects at rental properties. Keepe is available in the Greater Seattle area, Portland, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay and San Diego areas.